The service at the New Hope Baptist Church will be by invitation only, a funeral home owner told the Associated Press. Despite earlier reports, there won’t be a public wake held at the Prudential Center. A rep for Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s office told TMZ, “In compliance with the family’s wishes the city is not moving forward with any public ceremony.”
As fans and famous friends continue to mourn the singer, Chaka Khan expressed her grief over the loss of her “little sister” to CNN’s Piers Morgan last night. She called the decision to hold Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy party in the same hotel where Houston’s body was discovered hours earlier “complete insanity.”
“Knowing Whitney, I don’t believe she would have said the show must go on,” Khan told Morgan. “I don’t know what could motivate a person to have a party in a building where the person whose life he had influenced so enormously and whose life had been affected by her. . . . I don’t understand how that party went on.”
Khan was set to perform during the last-minute tribute to Houston at the Grammys, but pulled out a few hours before the ceremony began. She tweeted, “As I grieve the loss of my friend and ‘little sister,’ I don’t feel it appropriate to perform at this time. Continue to pray for the family.”
Jennifer Hudson alone delivered a moving tribute to Houston, singing “I Will Always Love You.”
During her interview with Morgan, Khan criticized the decision to fly Houston to Los Angeles a week before she was set to perform at Davis’s party, rather than a day before. Khan, who like Houston struggled with addiction, continued, “Whoever flew her out to perform at that party should’ve provided someone to be there to somehow keep the riff raff from out of the situation. To keep some of the dangerous people away.”
Houston was found Saturday in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton. An autopsy has been completed, but the results have not been disclosed. A toxicology report may take weeks to be completed.
Watch Khan’s interview below.